The uprising hopes over the solar energy have taken up a step forward after Researchers successfully split water into hydrogen and oxygen by altering the machinery in plants in the presence of Sun Light.
Plants use the photosynthesis process to convert sunlight into energy where Oxygen is produced as a by-product of photosynthesis when the water absorbed by plants is ‘split’, Where Hydrogen is produced when the water is split which could potentially be a green and forms unlimited source of renewable energy.
Students of St John’s College-Cambridge, has led a new study where they used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies leading towards semi-artificial photosynthesis to explore new ways that can produce and store solar energy which now can be used to revolutionise the systems for renewable energy production where the team also managed to achieve more efficient absorption of solar light than natural photosynthesis.
Katarzyna Sokoł, a Ph.D. student at St John’s College stated that “Photosynthesis that occurring naturally is not efficient because it has evolved particularly to survive and so it makes the sufficient amount of energy needed that is around 1-2 percent of what it could potentially convert and store.” Even though Artificial photosynthesis has been testing and improvising over the years but not yet been successfully used to create renewable energy because it relies on the use of catalysts that are probably expensive and toxic in nature.
But in this research of semi-artificial photosynthesis we aim to overcome the limitations of fully artificial photosynthesis by implementing enzymes to create the desired reaction that fits for the reaction where we not only focussed on improvement in amount of energy production and storage and finally she concludes by saying that, I hopes these findings will enable new innovative model systems for solar energy conversion to be developed that could be a great platform to develop that eventually builds synthetic and more robust pieces of Solar Technologies.